Thursday, June 5, 2014

Amerigo Vespucci Ship

The Amerigo Vespucci Ship docked at the Limassol Port, which is in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus, for four days during July 2011.

This Italian navy ship is considered to be one of the finest ships in the world.  In 1925, the Regia Marina ordered two school ships to be built.  The first ship was called Cristoforo Colombo, which was utilized by the Italian Navy until 1943.  After World War II, the Cristoforo Colombo was given away, as part of war reparations, and then it was quickly decommissioned.

The second ship was the Amerigo Vespucci, which was built in 1930 at the (formerly Royal) Naval Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia in Naples.  Two of the paintings that were originally located in the Cristoforo Colombo were relocated to the Amerigo Vespucci, where these painting are still today.

The Amerigo Vespucci was launched on February 22, 1931, and it was put into service in July 1931.  Since then, this ship has been continually active, except during World War II.  Today, the Amerigo Vespucci is primarily used as a training ship.

As an Italian navy training ship, the Amerigo Vespucci serves as a training vessel for the Italian Naval Academy, and it's home port is in Italy.  Most of the training has taken place in European waters; however, the ship has sailed to North American and South America, as well as voyaged around the world in 2002.

During training voyages, the Amerigo Vespucci usually has about 450 people on board, yet the ship's standard crew includes 16 officers, 70 non-commissioned officers, and 190 sailors.  If all the sails are hoisted, then the full 450 crew is needed.

The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 traditional, canvas sails.  The ship is 82.4 meters in length with an overall length of 101 meters, as well as a maximum width of 15.5 meters.  While sailing, the ship can reach a maximum speed of twelve knots.  This full-rigged ship is also referred to as a Tall Ship, and it often takes part in Tall Ship races, as well as sailing parades.

The Amerigo Vespucci ship is named after Amerigo Vespucci, who was a famous Italian explorer, navigator, and cartographer from the 15th century.  On the ship, there's even a life-size statue of Amerigo Vespucci. 

In July 2011, the Amerigo Vespucci ship stopped in Limassol, as a part of the Italian Naval Academy's training program.  In addition to Cyprus, this ship also visited several other countries, including Greece, Israel, Malta, Turkey, and Ukraine.

While docked at the Limassol Port in Cyprus, the Amerigo Vespucci ship was open to the public for touring.  Occasionally, there are other ships docked in Cyprus and available for tours.

Site: Amerigo Vespucci Ship. 

Category: Activity. 

Location: Temporarily at the Limassol Port in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: N/A. 

Operating Hours: N/A. 

Entrance Fee: Free. 

Date of Visit: 2011.

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